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Hasidism—a Jewish Awakening Movement

1. Hasidism, a mystical awakening movement in Judaism, arose in Eastern Europe around mid-eighteenth century. Since the → Shoa, it has maintained its centers in New York and Israel. Israel ben Elieser (“Ba'al Shem [Tov],” c. 1700–1760) is the founder of the movement, which was systematically organized by his successor Dov Ber (d. 1772), the Maggid (“Preacher”) from Mesritsh, and propagated through emissaries. A…

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Grözinger, Karl E., “Hasidism”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 20 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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